THE SCIENTIFIC METHODS OF CLASSIFIED FREQUENCY

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INTERVIEW BY JOE FITZPATRICK

PHOTOS BY ROXPLOSION

What’s better than the #FUSIONCOCKROCK of CLASSIFIED FREQUENCY? We’re still working that one out, but what’s for sure is the band has concocted a brilliant science experiment of sound from pop rock bands across the decades into something uniquely their own.

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BURNING BRIGHT: NOVA PROJECT GIVES NORTHERN VIRGINIA AN ARENA FOR HOMEGROWN WRESTLING

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INTERVIEW AND PHOTOS BY ALEX ALOISE

In 2015, pro wrestling officially became cool again. Hip hop artists like WALE and KILLER MIKE have made their love of the mat game extremely well known. ESPN’s SportsCenter and Grantland covers WWE like it’s the NFL. John Stewart’s first new job after leaving his desk at “The Daily Show” was guest hosting SummerSlam and hitting John Cena with a chair. Cities all across the country have benefitted from wrestling’s resurgence, with different independent promotions putting on shows every week. On September 25, that all changed with NOVAProject, the debut event from NOVA Pro Wrestling.

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MOBIUS RECORDS USHERS THE VINYL RENAISSANCE INTO “NEW” OLD TOWN FAIRFAX

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INTERVIEW BY ALEX ALOISE

PHOTOS PROVIDED BY MOBIUS RECORDS

Ten years ago, the thought of a major label artist releasing their new album on vinyl sounded like a marketing stunt, a ploy to reach a only small niche of collectors or DJs. During the last few years, however, among the tidal wave of available streaming services and digital retailers, the old format has become new again. According to Forbes, vinyl sales have grown 260 percent since 2009, and the numbers suggest that 2015 may be the biggest year yet.

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RACHEL KLINE TAKES MINIMAL, INTIMATE APPROACH TO SONGWRITING ON UPCOMING ALBUM

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INTERVIEW BY JOE FITZPATRICK

PHOTOS BY KAYLA SOTEBEER, AVNI KACKER, RON AKINS, AND CASSIE CURRY

After observing Kirsten Dunst’s character in Elizabethtown, film critic Nathan Rabin coined the term “The Manic Pixie Dream Girl.” According to his AV Club article, he explained, “The Manic Pixie Dream Girl exists solely in the fevered imaginations of sensitive writer-directors to teach broodingly soulful young men to embrace life and its infinite mysteries and adventures. The Manic Pixie Dream Girl is an all-or-nothing-proposition.”

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L I V CLOTHING CO. SPONSORS JAMCAMP MUSIC AND ARTS FESTIVAL

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INTERVIEW BY JOE FITZPATRICK

PHOTOS PROVIDED BY PATRICK MIRZAYAN

Based on living young, wild, and free, L I V Clothing Co., which was founded by friends Jonathan Kelly and Patrick Mirzayan, is on the verge of taking the Northern Virginia market by storm. Currently, the brand is working with PLR Music as a sponsor for their upcoming music festival JamCamp Music and Arts Festival, which will be held June 5-7 at Bull Run Regional Park in Centreville, Va. In addition to L I V, the festival will feature a wide variety of bands, breweries, rappers, DJs, and artists — not to mention us. But we got to know Mirzayan and his brand a little better, as well as get the inside scoop on what they are planning for JamCamp.

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UNDERDOG CHAMPS COMBINES MULTIPLE GENRES TO FORM MELODIC POP PUNK “SUPER BAND” WITH PLANS FOR A THREE-SONG EP TO BE RELEASED LATER THIS YEAR

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INTERVIEW BY JOE FITAPATRICK

PHOTOS BY TYLER MAZZA AND AGNES OWUSU

VIDEO BY JOEY CATHEY

Formed by current and former members of some of Northern Virginia’s top bands, UNDERDOG CHAMPS are one of the latest pop punk bands that have “posi-jumped” into the growing scene in the DMV area. Initially, the band began as a solo project of lead vocalist Mark “Blackhawk” Bradley. With support from guitarist and backing vocalist Nick Jones, as well as guitarist Tyler Mazza, bassist Justin Mason, and drummer Josh Bailey, the band has expanded to be something new entirely, combining each band member’s past experiences in indie rock, metalcore, pop punk, and alternative music genres to form one cohesive sound.

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DIY SINGER/SONGWRITER OKLAHOMA CAR CRASH RECORDING NEW ALBUM WITH LONGTIME FRIEND AND MUSICAL PARTNER WITH PLANS FOR ALBUM RELEASE TOUR THIS SUMMER

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INTERVIEW BY MATT WALKER

PHOTOS BY HEATHER MCPHERSON, NAT BROWN, AND DAKOTA FLOYD

Nat Brown — also known as OKLAHOMA CAR CRASH (OKCC) — is all about DIY, from self-booked tours to more than five self-released EPs. He was even doing-it-all music wise, that is until his recent announcement of a new permanent member. While not on tour or visiting his favorite coffee shop, he is writing and recording new music, most of which for OKCC’s next release sometime this summer. We recently had a chance to get an idea of exactly what Brown was up to, as well as find out about the future of OKCC.

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EMPIRE ANNOUNCES IT WILL CLOSE IT’S DOORS MAY 5, 2015, ONE YEAR AFTER THE CLOSE OF KINGDOM

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Yesterday, Empire — Northern Virginia’s premiere music and entertainment venue — located in West Springfield, Va., announced that the business will be closing it’s doors effectively May 5, 2015. Formerly known as Jaxx, the club was host to many types of music genres, including metal, punk, hardcore, alternative rock, rap, and EDM. Owner Jason Malhoyt released the following statement on the venue’s Facebook page regarding the success it has had and his plans for moving forward.

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COMBINING ELEMENTS OF BLACK, DOOM AND MELODIC METAL, GRETHOR RELEASE NEW EP, CLOAKED IN DECAY, WITH SUPPORT FROM MEMBERS OF THE DMV MUSIC SCENES

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INTERVIEW BY IAN WOODS

PHOTOS BY AMBERLEY EDINGTON AND TIGRAN KAPINOS

With nearly eight years and several releases under their collective belts, the Northern Virginia-based band GRETHOR has long been a staple of the local metal scene. Combining the bleak atmosphere of black metal with a grave-bound death metal aesthetic, GRETHOR’s sound is a breath of fresh, or rather decaying, air. As of April 21, 2015, the band will be releasing their fourth EP, Cloaked in Decay, which combines their many influences of both dissonant and melodic metal bands. We spoke with vocalist Marcus Lawrence and drummer Anthony Rouse about their songwriting process, diverse musical influences, and their views on the current metal scene in Northern Virginia and the surrounding areas.

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